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Cool 1997 Sportster S putting +4 front forks?

any advice? any good kits? I think the S has a little different forks than regular sportys?

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Franks Forks (AKA 'Forking by Frank' back in the old days) has been in the biz for a long time... that goes a long way. TC Bros sells 'Moto Iron' forks which seem to be decent. I went 6 over on my '98 and love the added clearance and the ride. Although I can feel the difference at low speeds it's not as crazy as people make it out to be. I can predictably control the bike with one hand (I made my bars only 22" wide) and with any speed over ~20 mph I can't even tell the forks are longer. The bike tracks straight and true with 'no hands'.
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Following as I would like to do the same with my S. Would love to keep the dual disc front brakes though. I'll report back if I find anything!
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Well, shucks, there is this...

http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=46755
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@locolocal thanks mate! that’s some great info. i’m looking into just swapping my front end with someone from a regular sporty. i don’t really care about the dual front brakes all that much
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Good luck with the swap! Keep us updated.

I don't care much about keeping the adjustable suspension but would like to keep the dual front brakes. I think I will have to look for another model's front end if I want to stretch it a bit under those circumstances.
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It's okay +4 just looks like a welfare wannabe chopper.
Had +4 a few yrs ago but switched to a -2 wideglide fork.
It doesn't handle very good especially at highway speeds on corners but at slow speed its similar to stock.
If you try to go over +4 it looks very sad, almost pitiful especially when the guy is riding by a real chopper, it screams poor wannabe
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It's okay +4 just looks like a welfare wannabe chopper.
Had +4 a few yrs ago but switched to a -2 wideglide fork.
It doesn't handle very good especially at highway speeds on corners but at slow speed its similar to stock.
If you try to go over +4 it looks very sad, almost pitiful especially when the guy is riding by a real chopper, it screams poor wannabe
Hey! you CAN get a larger tool bag under your bottom triple tree.
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super duper +1 on handling change
you will notice slow speed turns will have a higher stall speed unless you rake it to bring geometry back inline.
you will find a harsher ride on crappy surface since the angle of the dangle is changed
i doubt 4" will do it but there is the issue of pogo or harmonics at a certain speed.
this was a common mod back in the 60>70's and is an "OK" look. chopper is in the eye of the beholder, look at vintage hell's angles pic's and footage, even they accepted the look.
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Adding any more than 4" without raking it is what looks like a welfare chopper. +2 or +4 tops is acceptable.
I gained a little just putting the Intiminators in and running the same amount of oil. Dropped the rear 3/4" and stability is way better and gave it the look I was after. No more brake dive either.
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